Gearhouse Broadcast and Hitachi to Demonstrate Exclusive Partnership with Fully Equipped HD OB Trailer at IBC2013

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Affordability and flexibility at the heart of new OB trailer design

Gearhouse Broadcast will demonstrate its technical expertise at IBC2013 with a fully-equipped, live production HD OB trailer located at the Hitachi stand in Hall 11 (11.D42). The custom-built trailer can easily house a seven- to eight-person production crew and features eight Hitachi camera channels.

The installation was designed and built by Gearhouse Broadcast’s systems integration division as an affordable and more flexible OB option, easy to up- or down-spec as required and built on a compact footprint. The trailer offers low power consumption, ergonomic design and features a production gallery, audio workstations and an engineering control area.

The trailer being demonstrated at IBC2013 showcases an end-to-end live HD production workflow and is kitted out with eight Hitachi camera channels (seven SK-HD1200 portable-type production cameras and one SK-HD1500 6G Super Slow-Motion camera); a Ross Carbonite vision mixer; a Imagine Communications Platinum router and Glue; Imagine Communications test and measurement systems; a Studer Vista audio mixer; and a Imagine Communications Inscriber CG system. There are Marshall video monitors throughout the trailer, along with full talkback capabilities.

“This trailer targets a very specific – and currently underserved – part of the OB market, where we have industry leading expertise, with an affordable and flexible HD vehicle. We’ve made no compromise at all on quality or design, but have still come up with a trailer that offers the full range of OB functionality, is fast to build and ideal for a range of applications. We see this OB set-up being used for everything from IPTV and live web streaming productions to red carpet events, festivals and smaller six to ten camera live sports broadcast projects,” said Eamonn Dowdall, Business Development Director of Gearhouse Broadcast. “When you’re looking at a big OB truck or supertruck, there’s a significant cost associated – and that’s before you’ve even thought about kitting it out. This is something we’re aiming at a very different segment of the OB market.”

Gearhouse Broadcast, which will be in Hall 10 at IBC2013 on stand 10.B39, is also providing two Hitachi cameras – the 6G Super Slow-Motion Camera SK-HD1500 and the 3G Portable type Production Camera SK-HD1200 – to the IBC Production Insight area in Hall 11, where visitors can see them in action.


On 31 October 2019, the four leading broadcast and production houses Gearhouse Broadcast, Hyperactive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment owned by Gravity Media Group started trading under the brand name of ‘Gravity Media’. All Gravity Media companies around the world are making this transition and will now go to market as a single brand with a bold new look and purpose.

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Gravity Media is a leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services to content owners, creators and distributors. We use the collective pull of our people and resources to capture, craft and create world-class content that inspires and excites.

We are driven by client service excellence, and we never stand still. We’re always looking and listening, keeping up with the latest broadcast innovations – or pioneering them. Above all, we channel our energy into maintaining our reputation for flawless execution, deep technical expertise, and efficient delivery.

Gravity Media is a brand-new company with a 30-year pedigree, a force to be reckoned with formed by the coming together of Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment. Our 500 people serve clients across the sport, media, news and entertainment industries from bases in the UK, Australia, USA, France, Germany and Qatar.

At the centre of Gravity Media lie three broad categories of expertise: media services & facilitiesproduction & content; and equipment rental & sales.

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